Incorporated in 1858 and originally named Jacksonville after our seventh president, Andrew Jackson, its name was changed to Floyd in 1896. The town and the county are named after a former governor, John Floyd.
Floyd and Floyd County have a varied and rich history of craftsmanship, art and music. It has long been known for such traditional crafts as weaving, quilting and instrument making. Area artists, bluegrass pickers and craftsmen still adhere to a fine tradition of quality that goes back for generations.
Average high temperatures in Floyd Virginia climb to just 81 degrees in July and average lows drop to 20 degrees in January. Monthly precipitation averages 3.4 inches with about 19.5 inches of annual snowfall.
Floyd and Floyd County have also become a gathering place for a new generation of artists, musicians and craftspeople with numerous jewelers, potters, glass and fiber artists setting up studios here. Wood carvers, visual artists, chandelier and kitchenware makers as well as old-time fiddlers, furniture makers and metal workers also make their homes here. Area artists, bluegrass pickers and craftsmen still adhere to a fine tradition of quality that goes back for generations.
And while some things may change, tradition and a sense of values still prevail in Floyd and Floyd County. A variety of different denominations serve our spiritual needs. New Haven, the first Baptist church in the area, was established in 1857. Jacksonville Presbyterian Church was established in 1853. The Topeco Church of the Brethren, thought to be the first brick church in the county, was formed in 1800 but not finished until 1857.
If the hustle and bustle of modern life has you down, Floyd and Floyd County could be just what the doctor ordered. We offer modern amenities but still retain our slower pace of living and lifestyle. Come and take a look for yourself.
"Friday Night in Floyd" is an event that has become a treasured local tradition. On any given Friday night you'll hear soulful strains of music coming from the Floyd Country Store as well as Oddfella's Cantina, the Pine Tavern and Mama Lazardos. It seems to have started in the early 1980s, when Hubert Roberson and his band began practicing at the Floyd Country Store on Friday evenings and some people passing by stopped outside the window to listen. It all grew from there. Today, the music is so diverse that it draws not only bluegrass lovers but also fans of the blues, jazz and even raggae. The Pine Tavern has added a 400-seat outdoor pavilion for its big concerts with such varied artists as Maria Muldaur and Leon Russell.